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Tunisia: grain production of 15.340 million quintals this year

The overall grain production for the 2019-2020 season reached about 15.340 million quintals against a record crop of 24 million quintals last year, according to the final estimates of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries.

Production is shared out as follows: 9.585 million quintals of durum wheat (against 13.3 million quintals last year), 841,000 quintals of soft wheat (against 2.7 million quintals), 4.654 million quintals of barley (against 6.481 million quintals) and 260,000 quintals of triticale (against 410,000 quintals).

The yield of northern governorates amounts to 18 quintals/hectare. That of inland and southern governorates stood at 13 quintals/ha.

Overall, there were 894,000 hectares of harvested areas in the 2019/2020 season (724, 000 ha in the north and 170,000 in the centre and south) out of a total of 1.160 million hectares of sown areas, that is 77%.

The overall harvested areas dropped significantly compared to last season due to a rainfall deficit.

This deficit affected dry grain crops, notably those of barley, in southern El Kef, Siliana, Zaghouan and inland governorates. The percentage of damaged areas stands at 30% of sown areas.

The ministry said 7.1 million quintals were collected on August 14 against 12.7 million during the same period last season.

Rainfall deficit affected 376,000 hectares during the 2019/2020 season out of a total of 1.160 million ha of sown areas.


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